Review – Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

In short – I love it. Looove it. Amazing.

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I was so excited to make this purchase. I’ve been wanting it for so long and it finely felt like the right time to treat myself to it.

The packaging is gorgeous; of course, it’s a Too Faced product, so it has gone on my shelf, in the section I like to call ‘make up packaging that was too pretty, and I spent too much money on, to bin’.

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Look how pretty! Anyway, on to the actual product.

It goes on really easily, very few clumps, provides loads of length and loads of volume. I love the shape of the brush, the hourglass, it really does make it easy to coat all of the lashes and provide all of that volume.

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If you don’t have £19 to spare to spend on a mascara though, I don’t think it’s quite beaten the Soap and Glory Thick and Fast mascara, I think it’s on par. The latter is £10.50, so it’s not exactly cheap, but in my opinion it’s whether you think the beautiful packaging is worth the extra £8.50, in the end.

9.5/10, so, Too Faced…

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…yes it was, thank you 😉

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Current Skincare Routine

My skin has been looking pretty good lately (?!) so I figured I must be doing something right with my skincare. So obviously I thought this was a great opportunity to write a post about my favourite products I’m using in my current routine.

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I’ll start with what I use every morning (and most evenings if I’m not feeling too lazy) which is my face wash:

Simply Pure Gentle Face Wash by Superdrug

It does what it says on the tin. It costs less than £3, and it does exactly what I want it to do: cleanse my skin! I used to use the foam cleansing wash of the same brand but I seem to prefer a gel wash; it makes my skin feel much cleaner and more refreshed.

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Step two in the morning (and last thing at night) would be my moisturizers:

Vitamin E Day & Night Creams by Superdrug

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Again, so reasonably priced, only £2.99 each, and so effective! My makeup goes on better in the morning after I’ve used the day cream, and my skin still feels soft when I wake up in the morning after using the night cream.

To take my make off before I go to bed at night I have been using:

Vitamin E Dual Phase Cleansing Oil by Superdrug

I’m pretty on the fence about this product, because it’s cheap (again, only £2.99), does take my makeup off relatively well (I will always have trouble with the amount of eye makeup I wear), and leaves my skin looking good once it has soaked all the way in, but I’m just not a big oil fan. I don’t like the greasiness it leaves on my face after I’ve used it, and I’ve got through the bottle really quickly, probably cause I use a lot to get off all my eye makeup.

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As you can probably tell I’m kind of obsessed with the Vitamin E range, because it’s so super cheap, cruelty free and just seems to suit my skin really well, so I’ve decided next to try the hot cloth cleanser as the makeup-removing part of my routine, so hopefully that’ll be more my cup of tea.

And finally a few extras I try and squeeze in once or twice a week;

Vitamin E Gentle Oatmeal Exfoliator

What a shock, another Superdrug product! I seriously can’t get enough; if you’re in the UK and want some great quality, cruelty free, reasonably priced skincare products Superdrug is amazing. I’m also a fan of their Naturally Radient range, but haven’t tried many of those products yet. Watch this space.

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Anyway back to the scrub; it really is gentle on the skin, and my face always feels buffed and smooth whenever I’ve used it.

Cup O’Coffee Face and Body Mask by Lush

I cannot express to you how amazing this stuff smells. I’m trying to cut down on my caffeine so this is like my way of getting my fix of coffee without having to drink it. If you don’t like the smell of coffee, you will hate this, but I love it, and it genuinely makes my face feel more awake. I usually put this on if I’m having a bath, or sat in my pjs on my day off just chilling out. When you rinse the mask off it is like a scrub so I thought it might be a little too harsh, but it’s not, it’s perfect for that fresh-faced feeling.

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There we go, my current skincare routine complete. Nothing too fancy or extravagantly expensive, and it seems to be working for me so I guess I should keep it up!

Now that I’m back from Germany that is; damn 100ml liquid allowance, messing up my routine. It was worth it though (sorry, skin).

 

My favourite beauty tip of the moment

I feel like I’ve been neglecting the beauty side of my blog recently, so I am here today to rectify that with a simple product I could not live without in my makeup bag:

Cotton buds

Seriously, these little things cost like £1 for 300, and they’re double-ended so they last twice as long?? Basically if you haven’t got these little miracles in your life/make up routine you should probably invest.

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I originally bought this packet when I got my nose pierced in September 2014 to keep it clean; but seen as it sadly got infected anyway and I decided it wasn’t worth the painful hassle anymore I took it out just a couple of months later, the cotton buds have been solely used for clearing up makeup-mishaps ever since.

I mess up my eyeliner a lot*, so they are basically my saving grace whenever I am running late for work and have some kind of smudge-related/over-doing it issue. I sometimes dab a bit of make up remover on the end, but most of the time I just dab it on my tongue and wipe off the excess eyeliner (or sometimes lipstick) pretty swiftly, without it interfering too much with the rest of my make up, and preventing me from starting all over again. And if I don’t get it all, just flip it over and do the same with the other end, then grab a new one if it’s still not solved the issue. The packet honestly seems never-ending the way I use them.

Do you have any simple tricks similar to this one that you think everyone should know about? Pleeease let me know, I would be eternally grateful, as its things like this that make my life so much less stressful (as ridiculous as that sounds)!

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*Exhibit A: result of sneezing during makeup application.

Christmas prezzies!

Happy new year to you! I may do a look back on my 2015 in the next few days, but for now I’m just going to share a few of the presents I received for Christmas this year 🙂

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Tanya Burr lipgloss, nail file and nail polish set in this adorable gingerbread house!

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A few books that I am very excited to read. 30 books is my goal for 2016, only 9 more than I managed in 2015. Baby steps. Got to account for my procrastination… Before I read these I have to finish the books I got last Christmas so…yeah. 20151228_183541.jpg

New watch! So pretty, and I needed a backup considering I’ve butchered the strap on my other one.

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Is a (sideways) fox slipper sock. Enough said.

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Aaaaand finally. My pride and joy. My baby. A Charlotte Tilbury matte lipstick. *drools*

And of course I got some socks and some pajamas because what is Christmas without new socks or new pajamas?!

That’s all from me now, expect more regular updates now the Christmas season is over and I’m not living at work and get some actual free time.

Toodles!

Current (Cruelty-Free) Beauty Faves

Superdrug Vitamin E Serum & Day Cream

.Superdrug Vitamin E Serum 50mlIt makes me so happy that I can go into a Superdrug store and know that any own brand products I pick up will be cruelty free. This makes life so much easier, especially when I’ve done a little too much over-spending recently to splash out on a more expensive brand.

Up until now my go-to Superdrug range has been the B. skincare and make up, but having run out of my B. Night Serum and my Lush Celestial moisturiser at the same time, I decided to try out the slightly cheaper Vitamin E range.

.Superdrug Vitamin E SPF15 Moisturising Cream 100mlI have combination skin, but more on the dry side, so I thought this would be a good way to combat that, and I was right. My skin feels so soft, I have been totally converted to this range.

http://www.superdrug.com/View-all-Superdrug-Vitamin-E/c/vitamin-e

(I’m especially excited to try the Moisture Mask and the Super Balm)

Soap & Glory Peaches and Clean Deep Cleansing Milk 

PEACHES AND CLEAN™ Deep Cleansing Milk

This smells delicious, and works a treat. When I wear a lot of eye make-up (which is most of the time) I still have to use remover pads to take it off, but otherwise this cleanser is all you need. It really does  what it says it will, the description being: ‘daily skin detox which will help to purify and clarify, invigorate, soften skin, and melt away makeup, dirt, and impurities for a smooth, luminous complexion.’

http://www.boots.com/en/PEACHES-AND-CLEAN%C2%99-Deep-Cleansing-Milk-350ml_1683520/

Zoella’s Scrubbing Me Softly and Kissy Missy lip balm

From Zoe’s original range I have still only tried the Fizz Bar, which I absolutely adored. I loved the understated, fresh scent of it, so was a bit nervous when I found out the new range was more fruity.

But from when I first saw her video revealing the products for the new tutti fruity range I knew I had to have the lip balm and the body scrub. And I don’t regret it.

Zoella Kissy Missy Lip BalmI love the idea of a pigmented lip balm, even though the colour definitely won’t suit every skin type, it’s perfect for my pinky paleness.

The body scrub just smells heavenly (the scent really lingers as well, in a good way) and leaves my skin feeling so smooth and soft, it makes up for the fact that I’m sometimes too lazy to moisturise as much as I should!

Zoella Scrubbing Me Softly Body Scrub

http://www.superdrug.com/microsite/zoella-beauty-range

Lush Karma Kream

I’ve had this product for a long, long time, and the scent I know isn’t to everyone’s taste, but I’ve always been a big fan. Especially a couple of weeks ago when I got back from Latitude with an obscene amount of midge and mosquito bites, with not enough bite relief cream to cover the whole area.

https://www.lush.co.uk/products/karma-kream

Collection Cream Puff Lip Cream in Cotton Candy

It’s super creamy, super moisturising, but it dries matte?! And it lasts for a good while for a lip gloss that’s only £2.99. I love love love it.

Collection Cream Puff Lip Cream 5ml Cotton Candy 1

http://www.superdrug.com/Collection/Collection-Cream-Puff-Lip-Cream-5ml-Cotton-Candy-1/p/274202#.Vc-I6vlVhBd

Festival Packing

It’s a horrible, rainy Monday here in Nottingham; the perfect day to stay in my pjs and get some packing done. I feel like all I do these days is pack… suitcases, travel bags, boxes of all of my belongings…

Anyways, it’s Latitude this week!!! So packing is a thing I need to be getting on with. Packing for festivals is often the most stressful part of my year (bit dramatic, but it’s hard, okay!) Even after all the experience I’ve had, I’m always afraid I’m going to forgot something, which I often do, but it’s never the end of the world.

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I’ve checked the weather forecast for the week ahead, and it’s supposed to be pretty warm, with lots of cloud and the potential for a bit of rain, but warm all the same, so I’ve essentially packed clothes that I can wear to stay relatively cool in, with the options of adding layers if it gets too cold and rainy. This selection includes two skirts, a dress, four tops, a pair of funky trousers,two pairs of leggings and two warm sweatshirts. And not forgetting the all-important raincoat of course! This one I bought for £5 instead of £13 at Primark. It’s not my usually flimsy pack-a-mac, so it’s less convenient to pack/carry around the site with me, but will hopefully be more durable:

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A lot of the stuff is new, as I’ve had nothing better to do really whilst in Nottingham before my graduation last Friday (eeeek I’m officially a graduate!), so I’ve done a looot of shopping… One of the outfits being this one, the skirt from New Look and the top on sale for £5 in Topshop:

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In terms of toiletries I still have to go out and buy my supply of baby wipes and make-up remover wipes, as well as a mini deodorant, but other than that I’m all set. This year I’ve finally got myself some daily contact lenses, which will be SO much easier and more hygienic than trying to clean my monthlies every day in an environment where it’s impossible to be 100% sanitised. I am still taking my travel-sized saline solution just in case though. I’m also taking mini shower gel, face wash and shampoo as one of the perks of working at a festival (for Oxfam in my case at Latitude) is that you have access to staff showers. I’ve never actually used them before as I’ve always, at any festival, been on shift, sleeping, or been too busy running around trying to see all of the bands and acts I can before I have to do either of the previous things once again.

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Make-up wise, I try to keep it minimal for ease getting ready in a tent, as well as to pack as lightly as possible. This year my essentials will be my GOSH BB Cream (because it’s a moisturiser, primer and foundation in one, and contains SPF), Collection Lasting Perfection pressed powder, B. shimmer block, GOSH liquid gel eyeliner and Soap and Glory Thick and Fast mascara. I’ll probably take an eyeshadow palette as well, and of course some of that festival-staple glitter to chuck over my face, and all over the tent.

All of these things, plus a few more essentials such as my sleeping bag, an extra blanket and camping mat will go into my rucksack, which is a bitch to carry when it’s so full and heavy (especially when you have a six hour train journey with four changes to make), but I’ve found it the best method of carting all of my stuff to and from festivals for the past five years. 20150713_134050

So here’s hoping I don’t break my back, and the sun shines down on Suffolk this weekend!

Grad Ball

So it’s been a while since Nottingham University’s Graduation Ball 2015 now, but I’m finally getting around to making my post about it. Mostly about what I wore, because the event itself was a bit meh, I only had such a great time because of the people that were there and the amount of wine I drank (and with boiling temperatures in the marquee and hall and no free water, I’m blaming dehydration on the horrific hangover I suffered the next day).

I wanna start with my hair because Gemma did such a fantastic job! I was joking when I asked her to make it into a bow, but she actually did it and it looked amazing. She is a wizard.

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My dress is the Elsa dress from Chi Chi London, and it made me feel like a princess, even after my New Look shoes started to make my feet feel like they were on fire. And like I was walking on knives. 11425187_10152979449537749_6822650503264366455_n

For my make-up I went with GOSH BB cream and mineral powder (for extra coverage and staying power), B. ‘Glowing Shimmer Block’ blush, Benefit ‘Brow Zings’ brow kit, Barry M ‘Starry Eyed’ eyeshadow palette (on the lid and on the bottom lash line), GOSH ‘Intense’ black eyeliner pen, Soap and Glory ‘Thick and Fast’ mascara and Natural Collection strawberry shortcake lipgloss.

I don’t know what I looked like by the end of the night after I’d sweated out all of the moisture in my body, but early on I felt pretty fantastic! And all of my girls looked absolutely fabulous; all of the photos of us laughing are my favourites 🙂

GOSH Makeup Haul

I seem to be making a habit of going shopping for one particular thing or reason, and coming home with a whole haul. Monday was no exception, as a very hungover two housemates and myself went in search of lunch the afternoon after the No Tomorrow festival weekend, settling in Bella Italia (so many carbs, mmm) before heading for a gander around the shops.

I went into Superdrug looking for a BB Cream, because I want an easy product to use on my face so I can pack lightly when I go on my travels over summer. I found it in the shape of Gosh’s BB Cream Foundation in the shade 002 (the lightest, of course) which is an all-in-one product which I am hoping will do the job.

I’ve never really used many products from GOSH in the past, but after finding out they were cruelty free I thought I’d try them out; and I’m glad I did because I’m in love with their Intense Eye Liner Pen which I bought a few weeks ago. So can you blame me for taking advantage of the buy one get one half price deal?

I’ve wanted to jump on the mineral powder bandwagon for a while, so this was the perfect opportunity (not for my bank account, unfortunately). I bought the Mineral Powder and the GOSH mineral powder brush (which wasn’t in the deal, but, hey…) and I love it. It goes on so nicely, the coverage is brilliant and leaves my skin feeling silky smooth.

My final product that I argued, mostly with myself, that I really needed and couldn’t leave the shop without it: Velvet Touch Lipliner. To be fair, I do wear lipstick quite a lot and I’ve been told it’s a crime to wear lippy without a liner so…it’s justified, right?

That’s all for now, I know it might seem like a small haul, but spending over £20 as a student hurtling towards graduation makes it a big deal, I promise. I’ll probably be back and rambling on about other purchases I’ve made (I have a bit of a shoe problem, as well as cosmetics, at the moment) in the next couple of days. Though I am going to a ball tonight and a social tomorrow night and all the socialising might wear me out a little too much, so we’ll have to see. 🙂

(Sources: superdrug.com, goshcosmetics.com)

Oxford Street Lush Haul

I accidently spent over £60 in the new Lush store when I took a day trip to London last week. My friend had a job interview,  and I went shopping. One of us has our priorities straight..
I had my eye on a lot of skincare products,  but I managed to restrain myself to just one Oxford St. exclusive face mask: Don’t Look At Me, which looks like this

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It looks a bit radioactive,  but it smells delicious. And makes my skin feel as smooth as silk. The perfect place to use it is in the bath, which is exactly what I did with the two bath products I treated myself to.
The first one was The Experimenter, which smells soooo good, and makes a glittery rainbow when you put it in the water. What more could you want?
The second was another Oxford St. exclusive, this time a bubblebar: the Yuzu and Cocoa Bubbleroon.

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If you’re looking for a real bubbly bath, this is not the one. For a bath with cocoa butter that makes your skin feel amazing and smell like chocolatey orange heaven, this is a winner. Plus, I only used half of it, so I get to enjoy another delicious-smelling bathtime.
Now, I’m not gonna lie to ya, I bought the Hair Custard because it looks and smells so great. The only time I’ve used it though I put way too much in and it ended up being so sticky it actually felt like I’d poured a bowl of custard over my head. Lesson learnt.

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My final two items were really what I went for: make up.
I invested in the Dream Earth Eye Powder, and the lipstick in the colour Amorous. Both are shimmery and beautifully pigmented. I need to get saving so I can try the rest of the make up range…wpid-wp-1432911918378

All in all, no regrets. Using all these products was the perfect way to relax post exams/post uni during my week at home. Real world..? What real world?